This Mother’s Day, we’ve decided to honor our mothers and the maternal bonds through (of course!) books. Using the language of flowers, we’ve compiled a list of books for any mom out there to enjoy. From the soft-hearted mystery lovers to the true crime bingers, our bookish bouquets have recommendations for every reader in between.
In the Face of the Sun by Denny S. Bryce
Daffodils represent new beginnings, hope, and rebirth. If your mother is known for her optimism, cheerfulness, and positive outlooks on life, she’ll want to pack her bags and embark on a cross-country road trip with two women who’ll come to face their pasts and pave new futures.
The Vanishing Type by Ellery Adams
Uniquely nicknamed the “leather flower,” clematis symbolize cleverness, artifice, and intellect. If your mom is a bookish nerd with a preference for classic literature, send her off to the small town of Miracle Springs to investigate the connection between a local murder and The Scarlet Letter.
The Diva Says Cheesecake! by Krista Davis
The vibrant marigold is the flower of light and creativity. Is your mom often referred to as being artsy, imaginative, or constantly inspired? Then she’ll thoroughly enjoy a trip to Old Town Alexandria for a delicious mystery and some fantastic DIY decorating tips!
When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson
Iris flowers personify trust, hope, wisdom, and valor. If your mother is known as a fierce mama bear with unyielding strength and loyalty, she’ll be deeply moved by the touching stories of three courageous women under a deadly regime.
A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby by Vanessa Riley
Like their color, red tulips represent passion and declarations of love. Whether your mom is a hopeless romantic, or she simply isn’t shy about her affections, she’ll be swept away by this enemies-to-lovers historical romance.
Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn
The delicate gardenia symbolizes secret love. Even when a mother is silent, her love is steadfast. If this best describes your mom, she won’t be able to put down the heartfelt and slow-burning story of Reid and Meg.
A Letter to Three Witches by Elizabeth Bass
Pink carnations are known to embody gratitude and pure feminine love—especially a mother’s love. If your mom cherishes family and prioritizes her female relationships, she’ll be charmed by the magical hijinks of these three witchy cousins.
When a Princess Proposes by Kerrelyn Sparks
Nicknamed the “Flower of Gladiators,” gladiolus flowers represent integrity and strength. If your mom is known for her resilience and brave spirit, send her off on an epic journey towards justice alongside a handsome royal spy.